January 20th, 2012
Megaupload dot com boasts the title of the worlds largest file sharing website, with just under 4% of the total traffic on the internet, coming to Megaupload at least once. Today the giant was shut down by the FBI on multiple charges of fraud, money laundering, breach of copyright offenses in the United States and Racketeering.
Has the FBI lost their minds? Megaupload is endorsed by Celebrities all over the world. If they cannot shutdown The Pirate Bay , why would they go after Megaupload? Hackers are already launching attacks against key authority figures outlining this case. So far, authorities have managed to loot more than 6 million dollars in cars and 10 million in cash from Kim Schmitz alone.
The FBI is calling this an “international organised criminal enterprise”. Are these agents smoking crack in their hash pipes or something? I mean honestly, did someone just get a promotion in the cyber crime division and need a nice show to put on for some higher ups I am sure that Kim Schmitz is no squeeky angel, but lets consider the source of who is pointing the finger here. Where does the US government get off globetrotting around the world acting as if we are the world police.
This will only be the tip of the iceberg on this case. With the heightened awareness regarding SOPA now, I hope people will not stand by and allow this to take place. Name one person that you know in the past 2 years, who has actually gone to the store and bought a CD? Well its the same with Megaupload, people are going to naturally go with the flow of things, and when you have a file sharing company endorsed by celebrities like Kanye West and Alicia Keys, your going to get some backlash from this decision. The Arrests were made in New Zealand, by New Zealand authorities, under provisional arrest warrants from the US FBI offices.
We will be following this closely and updating you as info comes in on this parade. *FREE MEGAUPLOAD*
Here are the updated details provided to us by our friends at Gigaom ; as stated by the Justice Dept just today;
- MegaUpload was primarily hosted in Virginia by a web hosting provider called Carpathia Hosting. Carpathia leased more than 1000 servers with a total of 25 petabytes of storage to MegaUpload.
- MegaUpload had its second big data center in the Netherlands, where web host Leaseweb rented and hosted close to 700 servers for the company.
- MegaUpoad users paid more than $110 million to the company via PayPal.
- The MegaUpload imperium employed more than 30 people in 9 different countries.
- The FBI and foreign authorities seized close to 60 bank accounts as well as various PayPal accounts.
- Authorities also seized around 30 cars and motorcycles, including a number of Mercedes-Benz cars with novelty license plates like “STONED”, “GUILTY” and “MAFIA.”
- MegaUpload founder Kim Schmitz allegedly owns 68 percent of Megaupload as well as its image hosting site Megapix.com and the affiliate site Megaclick.com. He owns 100 percent of Megavideo.com, Megaporn.com and Megapay.com. He made $42 million in 2010.
- Mathias Ortmann, a long-time collaborator with Schmitz who was arrested on Thursday as well, owns 25 percent of the Mega empire. He co-founded MegaUpload and has been serving as the company’s CTO. Ortmann made $5 million in 2010.
- The MegaUpload crew kick-started its Megavideo hosting site by copying videos from YouTube, and the indictment quotes from internal emails stating: Do we have a server available to continue downloading of the Youtube’s vids? … Kim just mentioned again that this has really priority.” Another email stated: “Kim really wants to copy Youtube one to one.”
- Other emails show how executives discussed cash rewards for uploaders who had provided specific DVDs and other copyrighted works.
- Further emails show how some of the executives scoured their own service to download copies of The Sopranos and various music albums.
- The indictment even includes chat logs with conversations between company executives, which include statements like: “we have a funny business . . . modern days pirates ”
- A MegaUpload programmer who was charged as part of the indictment uploaded multiple DVDs to the site.
- Some of the emails show that MegaUpload had an interesting policy on when to follow take-down requests. When asked by Warner to take down files, the site’s CTO wrote in an internal email: “We should comply with their request — we can afford to be cooperative at current growth levels.”